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Stuart goes "Way Out West"

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 – Marty Stuart will release "Way Out West," his 18th studio album, on March 10 on Superlatone.

The album was conceived as a love letter by Stuart to California. "If you go and sit by yourself in the middle of the Mojave Desert at sundown and you're still the same person the next morning when the sun comes up, I'd be greatly surprised," said Stuart. "It is that spirit world of the west that enchants me."

The first single, "Whole Lotta Highway (With A Million Miles To Go)," premiered on SiriusXM's Outlaw Country and Rolling Stone Country.

Produced by Mike Campbell (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), and featuring the Fabulous Superlatives - guitarist Kenny Vaughan, drummer Harry Stinson and new member, bassist Chris Scruggs - the 15 tracks are a collection of newly written originals, instrumentals and rare covers like the Benny Goodman-penned "Air Mail Special," and "Lost on the Desert," once recorded by Johnny Cash.

"I asked Johnny about that song when I was in his band," said Stuart, "and he said the only thing he remembered about it was changing some words. 'Way Out West' just as easily could have been titled 'Lost on the Desert'."

Growing up in Philadelphia, Miss., Stuart was taken by the mystique of the Golden State: the culture, the movies and music. "Everything that came out of California captivated my kid mind in Mississippi," said Stuart.

The album was tracked between Capitol Records and Campbell's M.C. Studio, where much of the early Heartbreakers music was recorded.

"Working with Marty and the Superlatives was a blast, and it was fast," Campbell said. "My role was easy, just set up the sound and let them play. Great guitars, great grooves, great vocals, they just have it all. This record is one of my favorite things I have ever been involved with."

Songs are:
1. Desert Prayer- Part I
2. Mojave
3. Lost On The Desert
4. Way Out West
5. El Fantasma Del Toro
6. Old Mexico
7. Time Don't Wait
8. Quicksand
9. Air Mail Special
10. Torpedo
11. Please Don't Say Goodbye
12. Whole Lotta Highway (With A Million Miles To Go)
13. Desert Prayer - Part II
14. Wait For The Morning
15. Way Out West (Reprise)

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